Bloomberg News’ David Merritt suggested a second referendum could become more likely to break the Brexit impasses. It comes with the Prime Minister setting a date to bring back her withdrawal agreement to the House of Commons, despite it already having been defeated three times by MPs. Speaking on Bloomberg, Mr Merritt said: “The numbers for a second referendum, it’s very interesting, Bloomberg’s Rob Hutton ran this analysis earlier this week which showed it becoming increasingly likely that a way out of this could be actually changing policy on the Government side and having another vote.
“Labour and a lot of the Remain supporting parties are saying ‘we will vote for your deal Mrs May if you add what they are calling a confirmatory vote or a second referendum.’ That has become more likely.
“It is going take a long time to organise, there will be huge fights over it but it is more likely. The whole glimmer of hope for the Remain side is the whole decision could be reversed.”
But, James Bevan, of CCLA Investment Management, stepped in claiming the mood of those living outside of London was that they would vote “even more emphatically for Brexit” if there was another referendum.
He said: “Can I ask you one very quick question. I travel the country as I am sure you do. I talk to people and they tell me they are going to vote even more emphatically for Brexit.
“I don’t think the people who want a second referendum have a clue that is actually the mood of the people outside London.”
Bloomberg News’ Mr Merritt added: “I think you are absolutely right, I think if you go to places which voted heavily to leave, that is the attitude you get.”
Mrs May will bring the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB), which implements the departure terms, to parliament for a vote in the week beginning June 3 just as US President Donald Trump begins a state visit to Britain.
But, the decision has been criticised by some Conservative Party Brexit supporters.
Conservative MP for Wellingborough, Peter Bone, told talkRADIO: “I have talked to colleagues, some of whom voted for it last time, and they think it is dead and they will vote against it this time.
“It seems absurd to bring it back. It is the same thing again, again and again.”
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has claimed if the Prime Minster’s deal is rejected again, then the “Barnier deal is dead”.
He told the Lords EU Committee: “I think if the House of Commons does not approve the WAB, then the Barnier deal is dead, in that form.
“I think the House will have to then address a much more fundamental question between whether it will pursue and communicate on a no deal option. Or whether it will revoke.
“I think what has characterised the discussion on this has been an unwillingness within the House of Commons, to make a final decision between whether it is a deal, no deal, or we revoke. Those are the three options, the Prime Minister has said it many times.”